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Oregon white supremacist’s lawyer claims ‘brain damage’ made him kill a black teen

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The attorney for an Oregon man tied to white supremacist groups has offered “brain damage” as a defense for the 2016 murder of a black teenager.

The Oregonian reported that Russell Courtier, the white Portland man accused of hitting and killing Larnell Bruce Jr. in August 2016, claims he was brain damaged from a fight with the black 19-year-old — and that’s why he ran him over with his car.

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The 40-year-old Courtier was allegedly spurned on by his girlfriend Colleen Hunt, who was heard yelling “get him baby!” and “run him over!” by witnesses who spoke to the police after Bruce was killed.

Kevin Sali, the accused man’s attorney, told jurors that his client “never wanted any of this to happen.”

Prosecutors allege that “Courtier hunted and chased Larnell Bruce in his girlfriend’s large, red Jeep” and that he “had one intent, and that was to kill Mr. Bruce.”

As the Portland Mercury reported in 2016 after a hate crime charged was added to Courtier’s charges, the Multnomah County, Oregon ex-con is a “documented member” of the prison-based white supremacist European Kindred gang, the initials for which he has tattooed on his forearm.

Prosecutors claim Courtier and Hunt, age 37, worked together to kill Bruce. She is also on trial for her alleged role in the slaying.

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Meghan McCain nails Trump after he attempts to honor former prisoners of war

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This Thursday, President Trump fired off a tweet commemorating National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, writing, "we honor the more than 500,000 American warriors captured while protecting our way of life. We pay tribute to these Patriots for their unwavering and unrelenting spirit!"

The post was noticed by Meghan McCain, who is a talk show host and daughter of the late Arizona Senator John McCain, who Trump disparaged in past comments regarding his being taken prisoner during the Vietnam war.

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Supporters turn on Trump for ‘flat-out lying’ about coronavirus: ‘He’s got no idea what the hell he’s doing’

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President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis has been the breaking point for some of his fans in rural Virginia.

A dozen seafood and agricultural workers in the state's Northern Neck peninsula -- where Trump beat Hillary Clinton by nearly 10 points in 2016 -- expressed frustration to the Insider website over the president's response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

"A few weeks ago I could ignore the parts of his personality I didn't like," said Cliff, a 25-year Chesapeake Bay waterman. "That's over. I don't believe anything he's saying now."

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Michigan hospitals ‘running out of body bags’ to handle COVID-19 deaths: nurse

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The situation in some Michigan hospitals slammed by the COVID-19 pandemic has grown increasingly dire and hospitals are now reportedly running out of body bags to handle the dead.

MLive.com reports that workers at the Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit say they have never faced anything like what they've seen during this pandemic.

"We’ve run out of stretchers," nurse Krysti Kallek tells the publication. "We've run out of body bags."

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